Achievement Disparities Among Neighboring School Districts

An interactive map put together by EdBuild shows Census Bureau poverty rates in each of the nations 14,000 school districts. This is the first time a study has produced a visual of poverty in relation to schools districts. The map, shows concentrations of poverty along the Mississippi River in the Deep South and also stark disparities between affluent and the poor districts. Researchers see this map as a wakeup call that gerrymandering is as much a problem kids in public schools as it is for voters. In the case of education, boundaries are drawn to contain poor families rather than favor a certain political party.

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